A federal judge has sentenced a 27-year-old Chicago man to 30 years in prison for forcing four young women into prostitution through a combination of threats and psychological manipulation.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago says Carl Brandon Smith convinced the women he was in love with them. He forced them to work as prostitutes, and threatened to kill them if they ever tried to leave.
Smith was also known by the nickname "Moo." The women were in their late teens and early 20s.
A prosecutors' statement cites Judge Amy St. Eve as calling Smith a "violent pimp" during Tuesday's sentencing. She says he inflicted "devastating" pain and fear on the women.
Smith pleaded guilty to sex trafficking. St. Eve also ordered he pay $240,000 in restitution to his victims.